Archive | October, 2010

and the winner is.

please note: entries are now closed

congrats to our ‘win with How.d.i.y.’ winner:

Amy L. – from – London, Ontario, Canada

she’ll be taking home this lovely ‘fox print on vintage map’ from crowbiz (and BIG THANKS to carol at crowbiz for the giveaway)!

Amy told us that she loves handmade because “They remind me of my Grandma! My sister and I were never without a hand-knitted sweater for our ice skating lessions.”

Stay tuned for our next artist spotlight & giveaway coming next week!

readymade for just $6.99!

for all the lovers of ReadyMade (or those of you that need a prompt introduction) – take up a special 1 year subscription offer for only $6.99! non-u.s. residents, i believe they are open to international orders… shoot them a note. it’s an AMAZING magazine for any D.I.Y. fan.

their tagline… ‘instructions for everyday life’.

go to:

o.p.p. – clever watering can

*from craftster

recycling can go a long way for a thrifty and creative crafter — and this here is a ‘can’-do project for all.

take a look at this picture… at first glance what do you see?  i see a painted decorative vase of some kind. but wait… it’s actually an old laundry detergent container repurposed in a really cute and clever fashion. with some tape, paint and a clean-up / this old tide container is no longer just the remnants of old laundry room trash, but it’s now helping to keep your greens (of a different sort) from getting faded & trashed.

take a look…

found @
what: clever watering can

o.p.p. – lavender honey salt scrub

whether you need a little self-pampering or a self-made gift to give a friend… this is a perfect recipe.  ditch the body products that cost $20+ and go natural with your very own handcrafted lavender body scrub.  plus, a cute little jar will finish off this project perfectly making for an amazing craft inside and out. and even better – it’s cheap + easy to make (takes less than an hour)!

found @ readymade
what: lavender honey salt scrub

o.p.p. – mp3 playlist via daytrotter

yesterday at work, my boss sent around a link to a site that she thought the team would really like (just a bit of a backstory: I work for a record label). while it was new to many – I was familiar with the site, as (oddly enough) it’s operated out of a town just 90 miles from my hometown in illinois, usa.

the website: — and the town it’s operated out of: rock island, il which is situated along the ol’ mighty mississippi.

daytrotter is an indie music snob’s bible.  musicians from around the globe stop by their studio for a little chat, some singing and playing of instruments — then the guys translate it to streams, downloads and gorgeous illustrations.

so, my project for you today: go to daytrotter, make a playlist and enjoy a weekend of good tunes.

oh, and if you need some guidance… a few of my favs include: langhorne slim, ani difranco, okkervil river, andrew bird (i LOVE ‘the giant of illinois), cold war kids (amazing rendition of ‘hospital beds’), amos lee, elvis perkins, frightened rabbit, rouge wave + so many more.

here is the full directory of sessions… have a look for yourselves.

*all photos linked to from

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